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« Reply #2000 on: February 18, 2017, 06:41:55 AM »
I'm feeling lucky that I have hated cereal my whole life. Grasping at anything. The flu/cold/whatever-it-is is distracting me from everything else at least. I need to muster enough energy to make myself some chicken vegetable soup sometime today. Husband is eating cereal for breakfast...which I'm taking to mean "I'll do this if it's prepared but don't have time to deal with it myself." And that's ok.

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« Reply #2001 on: February 19, 2017, 05:29:50 PM »
Will have to try again when horrible sickness is gone. DH is sick too. We barely have the energy to make everyone meals...which are currently whatever is fastest. Ugh.

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« Reply #2002 on: February 19, 2017, 07:45:37 PM »
Will have to try again when horrible sickness is gone. DH is sick too. We barely have the energy to make everyone meals...which are currently whatever is fastest. Ugh.

Awww focus on getting better, Whole 30 will be here when you are feeling up to it. Take care and feel better!

A decrease in body fat is a good thing, neo!

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« Reply #2003 on: February 20, 2017, 09:50:27 AM »
Whipped up one of my "What's in the fridge?" meals this morning that I can definitely repeat during Whole 30.

Sauteed half an onion and a handful of chopped sage from the garden in olive oil, added a couple sweet potatoes and a jar of homemade chicken broth. Added some salt and, voila -- yummy and satisfying sweet and savory breakfast for a cold rainy morning.

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« Reply #2004 on: February 20, 2017, 10:09:34 AM »
Whipped up one of my "What's in the fridge?" meals this morning that I can definitely repeat during Whole 30.

Sauteed half an onion and a handful of chopped sage from the garden in olive oil, added a couple sweet potatoes and a jar of homemade chicken broth. Added some salt and, voila -- yummy and satisfying sweet and savory breakfast for a cold rainy morning.

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That sounds delish!

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« Reply #2005 on: February 20, 2017, 05:52:52 PM »
So... weighed myself this morning. 203.0 lbs. Apparently lost ~14 lbs in 25 days.

So how are you feeling otherwise? If you have a lot to lose, the weight comes off pretty quickly at first when you shift to whole 30 style eating. More important than the weight though, is how are you *feeling* Are you getting enough calories to keep your energy levels up and feeling good?  How are you doing with your blood sugar and other metrics you are tracking? Have you noticed other non-scale victories or has anything concerning come up?

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« Reply #2006 on: February 20, 2017, 07:09:42 PM »
Back in. I just didn't want to be the most horrible sick person ever by demanding specific food. Only strayed for a couple of meals and wasn't eating much anyway. Food prepared for tomorrow and lunches already. :-)

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« Reply #2007 on: February 23, 2017, 07:20:38 AM »
This is super challenging when one is away from the house a lot, often randomly. Oh well, I may not make 100% compliance (thus disqualifying it from being a true Whole30) but I'm learning a lot.

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« Reply #2008 on: February 24, 2017, 09:01:58 AM »
I wanted to throw my hat in the ring. I'm on Day 4 actually. I was trying to catch up before posting but only got to page 14.
Brief intro: 26, female, engaged to a supportive dude. 5 ft. 184 lbs. I suffer from lactose intolerance, non alcoholic Fatty Liver and IBS.

I was eating more plant based so upping my meat and fat consumption is delicious. I was a huge soda drinker but I'm doing fine. days 1-3 were fantastic. I ate lots of good food and water. I don't drink coffee so I tried green tea on day 2. It tasted kind of OK hot but gross cold. So far I have had very stable energy all day, a stable mood all day and sleep pretty deeply although I have so much energy I've been falling asleep a bit later than usual.

I have the whole 30 book and went to stock up on compliant food Monday (and had a good bye panera bagel with cream cheese). Overall I feel lighter and less bloated although I noticed my fingers got a bit puffy.

I'll post more when I'm not on break, just wanted to join you inspiring folks!

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« Reply #2009 on: February 24, 2017, 09:34:05 AM »
Welcome, SuperSaver!

Sounds like you have quite a few issues you are dealing with, hopefully doing Whole 30 will help, it sounds like you are off to a great start!

Mongoose - Eating out of the house and adapting your lifestyle is one of the hardest parts. Bringing your own food, trying to find whole 30 places to eat, or adapting on the fly can be tough. One day/step at a time and doing the best you can. You are making positive changes and new habits and that is what counts!

How are you doing, Neo?

I had an interesting experience wth some brown rice pasta. Was doing a spring clean yesterday and found an open bag, that we haven't touched in MONTHS. We aren't currently doing an official whole30, so figured I'd use it up. withen about 10 minutes of eating it, I went from feeling pretty good and having a conversation with my hubby to falling asleep sitting up in the chair, literally mid-conversation. Like my body shut down everything other than the digestion function. It was super weird. Ugh, back to Wole 30 eating for me!

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« Reply #2010 on: February 24, 2017, 11:06:09 AM »
So.  I haven't started re-intro yet.  I'm going on week 7 right now.  But I feel I'm still having food/digestion issues.  I did come to the conclusion in the past week that peppers are an issue for me.  (Totally explains why fresh-mex always makes me sick!  Also means it's a possibility that I don't actually have issues with avocado.  I just always ate it as guac, which has peppers in it.) 

So now I need to decide if I'm going to go full AIP for a month.  I should be finished with both my tomato based batch recipes by Monday, so I'm thinking I'll start next week.  Will have to come up with a different breakfast.  I've been eating eggs and spinach.
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« Reply #2011 on: February 24, 2017, 11:16:08 AM »
So.  I haven't started re-intro yet.  I'm going on week 7 right now.  But I feel I'm still having food/digestion issues.  I did come to the conclusion in the past week that peppers are an issue for me.  (Totally explains why fresh-mex always makes me sick!  Also means it's a possibility that I don't actually have issues with avocado.  I just always ate it as guac, which has peppers in it.) 

So now I need to decide if I'm going to go full AIP for a month.  I should be finished with both my tomato based batch recipes by Monday, so I'm thinking I'll start next week.  Will have to come up with a different breakfast.  I've been eating eggs and spinach.

Would some version of Nope-meal work on AIP? I'm not really familiar with all the rules, but it is a very customizable recipe you can add/take out anything you want as long as you can have the coconut, chia and flax. I would probably go right into AIP and save all the reintro for the end of it, more time to clear your body out and you won't have to clear out whatever you reintroduce.

We have found we actually like the nope-meal cold better, so we have been making a big pot and it lasts the workweek. http://www.paleostateofmindblog.com/blog/grain-free-oatmeal

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« Reply #2012 on: February 24, 2017, 01:34:36 PM »
So.  I haven't started re-intro yet.  I'm going on week 7 right now.  But I feel I'm still having food/digestion issues.  I did come to the conclusion in the past week that peppers are an issue for me.  (Totally explains why fresh-mex always makes me sick!  Also means it's a possibility that I don't actually have issues with avocado.  I just always ate it as guac, which has peppers in it.) 

So now I need to decide if I'm going to go full AIP for a month.  I should be finished with both my tomato based batch recipes by Monday, so I'm thinking I'll start next week.  Will have to come up with a different breakfast.  I've been eating eggs and spinach.

Would some version of Nope-meal work on AIP? I'm not really familiar with all the rules, but it is a very customizable recipe you can add/take out anything you want as long as you can have the coconut, chia and flax. I would probably go right into AIP and save all the reintro for the end of it, more time to clear your body out and you won't have to clear out whatever you reintroduce.

We have found we actually like the nope-meal cold better, so we have been making a big pot and it lasts the workweek. http://www.paleostateofmindblog.com/blog/grain-free-oatmeal
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« Reply #2013 on: February 24, 2017, 07:43:51 PM »
Just a few more days until I start. I've eaten down nearly everything that's a problem.

Jury duty this week will make lunch planning interesting. I don't want to lug around a big lunchbox on the train, but I may have to.
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« Reply #2014 on: February 25, 2017, 02:00:13 PM »
Prep time is difficult. Eating the actual food is satisfying. It definitely is more expensive and the price point will make it unsustainable.

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« Reply #2015 on: February 25, 2017, 02:15:18 PM »
Prep time is difficult. Eating the actual food is satisfying. It definitely is more expensive and the price point will make it unsustainable.

The cost drops off the longer you do it, as does the prep work as you figure out what your new staples are and where to find them and best ways to prep ahead/batch cook.  Also, once you do your reintro, you may find some of your staple cheap foods are not a problem for you, so you can add them back in.

We also find we save quite a bit on average due to less eating out, less healthcare costs, less of the more expensive foods we use to get (mostly dairy) More energy to do things ourselves instead of outsourcing, better work performance from DH since he isn't so exhausted resulting in raises.  So looking at the whole picture, the slight increase in our food budget is worth it for us, but YMMV :)

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« Reply #2016 on: February 25, 2017, 04:26:20 PM »
Day 5: So I just ate my first baked sweet potato! I actually hated sweet potatoes until about an hour ago. It was a sweet potato with a bit of ghee and cinnamon on the outside (I didn't eat the skin though) baked for about 2 hours. It was actually pretty darn tasty so I might have the fiance make more this month.

The last two day's I've felt pretty fantastic. Level mood, high energy, lots of sleep and water. I have a headache today but I think it's  because my house is 78* as we've used the oven all day.

I found Penderson's bacon at Wegmans, Epic's DuckFat, avocado oil and dry mustard, chives, dill, sage and ghee. So all these new cooking fats and spices are great to experiment with! I had had chives and dill before but the rest of the products are amazing too.

My biggest hurdle is drinks. I hated water going into this. I only liked soda, juice, lactaid milk and hot chocolate. I can't drink coffee (the smell always makes me gag/feel nauseous). Don't like tea or kombucha or soda water, so I am really struggling on lack of drink variety. Today I am trying to drink tea and infuse water with either a fig or strawberries. Still kind of gross. What is everyone else drinking? I'm kind of hoping I'll get desperate and turn into a tea lover.

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« Reply #2017 on: February 26, 2017, 05:45:06 AM »
Super - have you experimented with different teas?  You might like some herbal teasanes instead - like hibiscus, or ginger or lemon teas.  I recently discovered a tangerine white tea that is really nice. Any of these should work iced if you don't want hot tea.  Good Earth tea has a nice spicy sweetness to it, not sure if you'd enjoy something like that?

Mongoose - yeah, the cost and prep time usually sends me scurrying back to beans and rice to defray costs.  I figure billions of people have been eating them as staples for 100's of years, so if they don't cause issues, the cost savings is worth it.

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« Reply #2018 on: February 26, 2017, 06:59:59 AM »
Today is shopping and prep day! It's going to be pretty expensive since I'm also stocking up on things I can freeze for emergency meals. If I weren't on jury duty an hour and a half away, I wouldn't be worried, but I'm getting home so late, cooking is pretty draining.
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« Reply #2019 on: February 26, 2017, 10:10:03 AM »
Super - have you experimented with different teas?  You might like some herbal teasanes instead - like hibiscus, or ginger or lemon teas.  I recently discovered a tangerine white tea that is really nice. Any of these should work iced if you don't want hot tea.  Good Earth tea has a nice spicy sweetness to it, not sure if you'd enjoy something like that?

Thanks horsepoor! I just got back from Wegmans  and I got Rooibos? tea and one called Perfectly Peachy. I can't stomach anything 'spicy' unfortunately but, I'm on the lookout for a tangerine white now! I am trying Kombucha again since maybe my tastebuds changed enough. It's also mildy mango flavored. I am trying some offbrand La Croix today and it's mediocre. Plain water and tea are shaping up to be my go to drinks the last 24 days.

Making this http://www.noshtastic.com/company-pot-roast-gluten-free-paleo-and-whole-30/ today. Ran to Wegman's to stock up on food we can prep for me today. For $92 I stocked up on compliant bacon, roast, chicken, beef/chicken broths, veggies, fruits,  trying some new drinks, arrowroot, coconut milk and our new staple- eggs. :)

Yesterday I got my first negative side effect. *tmi* totally crappy bathroom troubles. However unlike, my usual IBS flare ups I felt better immediately and bounced back to my usual self in no time. *end tmi*

Neo? how do you make sweet potato hash? Is it like hashbrowns?

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« Reply #2020 on: February 26, 2017, 05:48:59 PM »
I will admit that my prep time issue is made worse by my pickiness. I just did like leftover meat (cold or rewarmed). It all tastes off to me. So, super spoiled personal wants only freshly cooked protein.

So far, I don't notice music difference in how I feel. I have lost about 3 pounds so that's good. I was already fairly low grain and dairy and had already dropped caffeine and most added sugars.

I'll be interested to see if reintroduction causes any issues.

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« Reply #2021 on: February 27, 2017, 05:41:10 AM »
I was highly symptomatic yesterday, so I didn't finish all my prep, but I did butcher the whole chicken I got for the tangine and put the bones in a crockpot for broth. I'll make the tangine tonight.

I have a suspicion I'll end up sensitive to beans, which is a bummer since I love them, but there have been some interesting correlations of late. I guess we'll see in a month!
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« Reply #2022 on: February 27, 2017, 07:42:00 AM »
Wow Mezzie. Hope this test will help you feel better. Neither DH or I do well with beans so we had dropped them to a minimum pre Whole30. It helps that we dislike them as well though. We'll try adding back some lentils in a couple of weeks and see if those are ok. Perhaps the two will be different.

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« Reply #2023 on: February 27, 2017, 10:10:14 AM »
What would be doable breakfast ideas?

I don't eat breakfast at home on work days, no time, too early.  I usually make oatmeal when I get to the office.
What can I bring from home with me to have breakfast at work at my desk that will not take too much extra to plan/cook/carry?

I take public transportation to work (bus + subway), commute is about 1 hour.

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« Reply #2024 on: February 27, 2017, 10:21:03 AM »
What would be doable breakfast ideas?

I don't eat breakfast at home on work days, no time, too early.  I usually make oatmeal when I get to the office.
What can I bring from home with me to have breakfast at work at my desk that will not take too much extra to plan/cook/carry?

I take public transportation to work (bus + subway), commute is about 1 hour.

Hi FiguringItOut, don't let the size of the thread turn you off, many people just pop onto the whole 30 website, read the program outlines and jump to the end f this thread :) I make Paleo oatmeal, it tastes good cold (we prefer it) I do a big batch at a time and we eat it all week. I like it with some cooked apple and raisins.

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« Reply #2025 on: February 27, 2017, 10:19:41 PM »
Hi, all! This has been a great thread to read as i get ready to start my first Whole 30 for Lent this year. However, I tend to not eat a lot of meat and don't like how I  feel after eating a lot of animal protein.  Anyone else here shared this experience? How did it go for you?

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« Reply #2026 on: February 28, 2017, 07:59:27 AM »
I'm not a big meat eater and much protein at a time makes me nauseous. I'm sticking to a small portion (palm of hand size) and filling up on vegetables. With potatoes included, it's not too bad...just a lot of prep time washing and chopping vegetables. I do love vegetables though so eating a lot of them isn't a hardship.

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« Reply #2027 on: February 28, 2017, 09:42:31 AM »
Hi, all! This has been a great thread to read as i get ready to start my first Whole 30 for Lent this year. However, I tend to not eat a lot of meat and don't like how I  feel after eating a lot of animal protein.  Anyone else here shared this experience? How did it go for you?

Welcome, Urchina! Whole 30 is more about upping your healthy fat intake then considerably upping your protein intake, Usually, it is just easier to do one with the other. It is not really a high "Protein" diet. There are suggestions on the Whole 30 Website for doing a vegetarian-adapted Whole 30 - the problem is with that is you won't discover if you have any sensitivities to those foods.

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« Reply #2028 on: February 28, 2017, 11:11:18 AM »
Having *just* learned about Whole-30 (I have a few friends doing it right now, as I learned from social media), I'm pretty intrigued.  There are some issues I have with it/things I'm very reluctant to give up, which I'll post/query about later, but in the meantime am posting to follow.  Inspired by everyone making this work!

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« Reply #2029 on: February 28, 2017, 11:50:13 AM »
Having *just* learned about Whole-30 (I have a few friends doing it right now, as I learned from social media), I'm pretty intrigued.  There are some issues I have with it/things I'm very reluctant to give up, which I'll post/query about later, but in the meantime am posting to follow.  Inspired by everyone making this work!

Welcome, CloserToFree! We all struggle with things we are reluctant to give up, and most people going into it think it is *Impossible* to live without x, y, z.

Something that helps is knowing that it is only 30 days (plus time for reintro) After that and you have your data, you can do what you want with it.  Your taste buds also adapt very quickly so by the end of it those things you thought you couldn't live without sometimes lose their appeal completely, and you are feeling so good you don't care.

Definitely post/query share your thoughts, we are here to support you!

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« Reply #2030 on: February 28, 2017, 05:41:08 PM »
Some stats before I start tomorrow:
1. 125 pounds (a few pounds above my favorite weight, but a healthy weight for me)
2. Daily base pain level with daily pain pill: moderate in big joints, extreme in ankles and small joints.
3. Frequency of spiked pain (enough to take extreme pain med): 1-3 days/week; often includes back pain.
4. Energy level: Generally bad fatigue about 2weeks/month (on average; sometimes months at a time, sometimes just a couple days)
5. Digestive problems: frequent bloating
6. Allergies: itchy eyes, stuffiness, post-nasal drip daily
7. Sleep: oddly good lately, probably because jury duty isn't very stressful. Usually only a couple hours at a time and not restful.
8. Supplements: magnesium, iron

I can't think of anything else to compare at the end. Any additions you would make?
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« Reply #2031 on: February 28, 2017, 05:51:49 PM »
. I like peanut butter and have some "slightly lower sugar" stuff at home right now. But I know it's a "trouble" food for me - the kind of food I'll have at 10:30PM on a large table spoon.
*Blinks* There is sugar in your PB? (Okay so I totally know it is a thing) But I'd be curious if it is the peanut butter that is a trouble food for you or if it is just a way of feeding your sugar dragon?

Some stats before I start tomorrow:
1. 125 pounds (a few pounds above my favorite weight, but a healthy weight for me)
2. Daily base pain level with daily pain pill: moderate in big joints, extreme in ankles and small joints.
3. Frequency of spiked pain (enough to take extreme pain med): 1-3 days/week; often includes back pain.
4. Energy level: Generally bad fatigue about 2weeks/month (on average; sometimes months at a time, sometimes just a couple days)
5. Digestive problems: frequent bloating
6. Allergies: itchy eyes, stuffiness, post-nasal drip daily
7. Sleep: oddly good lately, probably because jury duty isn't very stressful. Usually only a couple hours at a time and not restful.
8. Supplements: magnesium, iron

I can't think of anything else to compare at the end. Any additions you would make?

Wow Mezzie, that is quite the list!  I would add your measurements if you are interested in tracking that, although it seems like you are doing this more for health than looks. I'm very curious if cutting out dairy will help with your allergy symptoms, it certainly did for me. Hopefully, you'll solve the pain mystery as well. Wishing a good start tomorrow!

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« Reply #2032 on: March 01, 2017, 02:35:39 PM »
So I made it 6 full days, but I currently need to take a pause and restart in a week or so. My doctor has me on new anxiety meds and I somehow managed to get 8+ side effects with half that overlap with Whole30 symptoms. I will be back and stronger after I get though this ramp up phase.

Take aways from my first attempt: I have gone 9 days since quitting soda cold turkey. Yay me! I can't eat eat pork chops. I dislike a ton of drinks but am coming around to plain tap water. I also get very sick of eggs quickly. I didn't crave candy but, I did wish I was able to snack on pretzels or something crunchy/salty which was surprising. I also lost 6.4 pounds in water weight. Mood (prior to the meds) and energy levels were very stable. I did catch up over the weekend with the 41 pages so I got lots of ideas for the next attempt.

I'll keep up with the thread in the mean time. :D

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« Reply #2033 on: March 01, 2017, 05:08:26 PM »
So I made it 6 full days, but I currently need to take a pause and restart in a week or so. My doctor has me on new anxiety meds and I somehow managed to get 8+ side effects with half that overlap with Whole30 symptoms. I will be back and stronger after I get though this ramp up phase.

Take aways from my first attempt: I have gone 9 days since quitting soda cold turkey. Yay me! I can't eat eat pork chops. I dislike a ton of drinks but am coming around to plain tap water. I also get very sick of eggs quickly. I didn't crave candy but, I did wish I was able to snack on pretzels or something crunchy/salty which was surprising. I also lost 6.4 pounds in water weight. Mood (prior to the meds) and energy levels were very stable. I did catch up over the weekend with the 41 pages so I got lots of ideas for the next attempt.

I'll keep up with the thread in the mean time. :D

Gold Star for making it through all 41 pages of the thread! Your results thus far have been encouraging! It's all one step at a time and getting all your meds and stuff figured out is so key!

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« Reply #2034 on: March 01, 2017, 07:11:39 PM »
Day 1 went well. I had a dinner planned that would be quick to cook (long hours at the courthouse and commuting this week!), but on the train ride home, I started craving Pho. I figured I could make Pho next week (with zuccchini noodles maybe), but I'd have my planned dinner with a side of homemade broth to get me through.

Instead, I came home to find my husband had made a compliant roast that totally satisfied my Pho craving (which is not to say it tasted like Pho, but it was meat and a broth and some veggies, and it worked). I am so lucky to have such a supportive husband. He's not doing this with me (he has no weird symptoms to deal with), but he's going out of his way to make this easy for me.

Feeling pretty good about the whole endeavor right now. :)
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« Reply #2035 on: March 01, 2017, 09:33:32 PM »
Day 3 of AIP (and day 53 of whole 30 in general):

No lessening of the GI issues I've been dealing with, but a noticeable decrease in general fibro related body aches.  So that's good.  I was probably overdoing the nuts and seeds on the regular whole30, and most of my meals had tomatoes involved in some way.  I did realize that there's a possibility that I'm not actually allergic to avocados like I've thought for the past ten years.  (Allergy as in gastro issues and terrible body aches.)  Just that I only ever ate them in guac form, which usually has peppers in it.  I might get brave and try one.  Which would give me another "eating fat", which may be useful for the next month.
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« Reply #2036 on: March 03, 2017, 09:31:13 PM »
10 -- I'd be interested to hear how nuts are for you. I'm basically  doing AIP *except* I'm eating nuts.

I forgot to take my meds this morning, so I'm feeling crappy and cranky. The good news is my jury service is finally over, so I won't have 12-13 hour days anymore and can be more creative with food next week.
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« Reply #2037 on: March 04, 2017, 04:55:23 AM »
9 days without soda is awesome. I hope you can keep that one thing going despite the pause in the W30.  I know exactly what you mean about missing the salty crunch.  I know there are recipes for seed crackers that are W30 compliant but I have not yet got round to testing them out.  Maybe it's SWYPA to snack at all..... 

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« Reply #2038 on: March 04, 2017, 05:56:40 PM »
Is it really that hard or complex to meal plan Whole30?  I'm not trying to minimize the efforts of everyone, but I'm toying with the idea of doing one and looking at what to eat.  I start reading about cocunut oil and aminos and other things I don't stock, and complex recipes, and start to feel overwhelmed.  But then can't I just cook with olive oil or clarified butter and eat along these lines:

Breakfast: eggs with veggies
Lunch: salad with chicken, nuts, veggies, compliant dressing
Dinner: meat (chicken, burger, pork chop) and roasted veggies of some kind
With fruit thrown in as well

I get that maybe you don't want the same thing every day, but it's "only" 30 days, and I think there's enough variety of veggies that it would be plenty varietal for me.  I also understand that eating in restaurants or traveling pose challenges. 

Fwiw, By way of background, I started reading this thread a couple weeks ago in an airport, and I'm curious as to what the effects might be on me.  So I think I'm going to give it a go starting March 21, after a conference I'm attending.  I'm generally healthy: no known allergies or health issues.  I claim an "iron gut" developed from lots of 3rd world street food I've eaten during travels throughout my life. My diet is good: lots of fruits and veggies, whole grains, I drink only water, cook from scratch, and don't do a lot of sugar, at least in its straight form (not even tempted by candy or donuts, but do like desserts and ice cream on occasion).  I work out M-F, and probably have 10-20 lbs to lose.

Should I get a blood test (cholesterol, anything else?) and a body fat test before I start, just to see the impact of Whole30 on those variables?

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« Reply #2039 on: March 04, 2017, 07:18:01 PM »

Should I get a blood test (cholesterol, anything else?) and a body fat test before I start, just to see the impact of Whole30 on those variables?
YES!! Having those benchmarks would be really handy. As far as how complicated it is, No I don't think it is, the whole 30 template is very straightforward and pretty much what you are suggesting.

But meal prep and such can be daunting for people who aren't used to the extra time and effort and planning cooking from scratch takes in the first place. Or for those who may not be used to cooking with veggies, or for those who are replacing a lot fo processed foods. Or those who don't like eggs, that is the biggest problem for some people. It sounds like you will probably be fine from what you say.

There are also a bunch of us who have tended to eat more or less this way for quite some time, and yeah after a while you want to branch out a bit, especially those of us who loved to cook before and now need to find new recipes to replace our old favorites.

We do have a whole 30 Pinterest board, of you want to PM me your email I can send you an invite to it.

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« Reply #2040 on: March 05, 2017, 07:28:12 AM »
My only issues with meal prep time is having to cook for multiple days at once (we "picnic" a lot due to crazy schedules and my pickiness. And the kids aren't on it to so I'm somewhat making multiple meals. We did scratch cook most things before and my meals look basically like your plan. We're done the 14th.

I didn't get any pre-testing done but that would be interesting (says the science geek).

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« Reply #2041 on: March 05, 2017, 08:23:21 AM »
I have blood tests fairly regularly because of my health issues. It'd be interesting to see if any of the numbers change. I have a standing order and am supposed to go whenever my symptoms are really bad.

Today I'm going to try and get everything I need at Aldi, and then I've got some meal prep to do. I'd like a new breakfast idea. I think what I really want is Thai noodles, which I could totally swing with mung bean noodles or other non-rice noodles, I think, but that would mean a trip to the Asian market a ways away for the veggies I'd want with that. I really wish general supermarkets had a wider variety of vegetables. I may need to get some more seeds for my garden to remedy that. Maybe I could make tapioca/sweet potato noodles? It couldn't be that different from making rice noodles, which I'm a pro at.

Ayway, after shopping, I'm going to make a truly delicious broth (I've got so many vegetable ends to add, including my favorite -- leeks!). My last broth was good, but weaker in the flavor department than I generally like because I had eaten every last bit of that week's veggies.
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« Reply #2042 on: March 07, 2017, 07:02:01 PM »
I'm one week in. No noticeable changes in pain, fatigue, energy, or brain fog. I'll check in again in another week.
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« Reply #2043 on: March 08, 2017, 12:35:17 AM »
Time for a check in, I think.

It's been about 35 days since I ended my Whole30. I've been slowly incorporating foods back into my diet but I've stayed unprocessed/no added sugar about 95% of the time.

The only very clearly associated ill effects I've found are from dairy. That still shocks me. I can't believe I went my whole life until now without knowing that I'm sensitive to it.  I've really not eaten enough wheat so far for definitive associations yet, but the one time I did, I got a migraine the next day. I'll be paying attention to that as I continue to test.

For me, the best thing to come from the Whole is the nutritional reset. It has been very very easy for me to continue eating healthfully. I haven't had junk food or soft drinks since the beginning of the year and I haven't missed them.  I even bought a friend a surprise birthday cake and celebrated amongst a group without eating any cake - unheard of for me previously. 

I had my yearly physical and all of my labs were fantastic. I'm not pre-diabetic yet (which is a major concern with my family history) and hopefully I'll stay that way with my current lifestyle. I was definitely on the wrong track before Whole30 and am glad to have found what appears to be a sustainable approach. That 30 days really helped me break some bad habits.

For all that, I am grateful. I encourage everyone to really give yourself the gift of this month of good health. It's totally worth it.  This is a great group for encouragement and support. You can survive it and thrive, and the benefits can extend well past those 30 days.

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« Reply #2044 on: March 08, 2017, 10:01:53 AM »
WAHOO MONKEYMIND!! That is a great update! It's so exciting to hear from you and the difference it has made :)

I'm one week in. No noticeable changes in pain, fatigue, energy, or brain fog. I'll check in again in another week.

Mezzie, keep with it, it can take a while for you to detox and bring the inflammation and such down and the first week or two there is also just the changes as your body shifts gears. I would say the sicker you were going into whole 30, the longer it takes to feel a difference.

For people with Chronic issues, it seems to take longer. I got "enough" results in my first Whole 30 to know that it was "working" but it took me quite a bit longer to really start noticing a difference in my baseline with my chronic issues. The damage was done over longer than 30 days, so it will take longer to heal. For some of them, it came totally as a surprise and it wasn't even me who noticed them because you adapt to your baseline sometimes without noticing.

I've been eating this style since the thread started, so  will be 2 years in Sept. Benefits I have noticed:
 - No more sciatica
 - massive decrease in headaches/migraines
 - Fibro symptoms are gone if I stay away from wheat
 - Sinus issues gone if I stay away from dairy
 - I can grow my hair longer, my hair would give me headaches
 - Clearer skin
 - no more brain fog
 - increased energy levels
 - Better immune system. I haven't had cold or flu (and I usually get hammered every winter)
 - Better sleep - was a life-long insomniac averaging 2-3 hour a night for weeks and then crashing. Now I easy sleep 6-8.
 - No more leg cramps! Hereditary and would usually happen a couple of times a week.
 - eczema is gone, I've struggled with that since childhood
 - much less painful menstrual cycle.
 - 86.6 lbs lost

The main thing I am struggling with now is balancing levels of dopamine.  My brain chemistry has always been a little wacky, but when you can get dopamine hits from food, it's easier not t have to deal with the underlying issues.  So I'm looking at alternative ways to get the dopamine flowing and balanced. Trying not to feel totally flat but not have too much that one addiction is replaced with another.

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« Reply #2045 on: March 08, 2017, 07:02:59 PM »
Not to worry -- I'm sticking with it. It may not do anything for me, but it would nag at me if I didn't give it a fair shot. And if it does help, that would obviously be great.
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« Reply #2046 on: March 09, 2017, 06:29:34 AM »
We are done next Tues. So far, so good. Maybe a bit better sleeping. It's hard to tell if it's helping with pain since my one bad joint has been getting PT at the same time. Translation is going to be rough since we have multiple work trips/family visits immediately after.  We may do this again for a longer. time later this year. Summer is much less crazy for us plus all the yummy vegetables will be in season.

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« Reply #2047 on: March 11, 2017, 07:22:40 AM »
Hi all - I am contemplating redoing a whole30. I have never actually made it further than day 13. Do you all really, really, really have more energy after doing it? I see comments like "more energy" but just wondering if it feels like night and day with energy levels to you?

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« Reply #2048 on: March 11, 2017, 09:07:20 AM »
Hi all - I am contemplating redoing a whole30. I have never actually made it further than day 13. Do you all really, really, really have more energy after doing it? I see comments like "more energy" but just wondering if it feels like night and day with energy levels to you?

I have actually never made it past day 25 so take this with a grain of salt.  But even the short amount of time that I have been 100% compliant, I have noticed that I don't get the afternoon slump and I'm not constantly hungry like I am when I am eating sugar and grains all day.  It does take me up to a week once I start the whole 30 for this to start occurring.  The first couple of days I tend to be really tired as I'm eating a lot more fat and no sugar, but by day 7 each time, I feel much better. 
Post whole 30, I have been continuing to eat more fat and less sugar.  I have much much more constant energy levels.

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« Reply #2049 on: March 11, 2017, 09:22:42 AM »
Hi all - I am contemplating redoing a whole30. I have never actually made it further than day 13. Do you all really, really, really have more energy after doing it? I see comments like "more energy" but just wondering if it feels like night and day with energy levels to you?

For me, it has been night and day. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say doing that first whole 30 probably saved my life. I was so sick and tired of being sick and tired and in constant pain, I was actively contemplating ending it. Which is probably why I stick around and keep this thread going and support anyone who wants to try it.

Where I use to have to spend three days in bed if I did anything as strenuous as a good house clean, and getting out of bed was a chore that didn't always get done, now, I''m up with energy ready to start the day, I'm not trudging through my day but literally dancing.  Now everyone is going to be different and everyone will have different base lines and results, but for everyone I have seen go through the program, I don;t know of anyone who hasn't seen some sort of improvement in their energy levels.

It's not the manic energy you get from caffeine or sugar/carb spikes it's a solid reworking of your baseline. which can be misleading after a while because your body likes to adapt to and remember it's baseline. So eventually the "Tiger blood" feeling kinda seems like it disappears, but then you realize that it hasn't it has just become your new normal.